By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (May 13, 2022) – In Issue 2022-086 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we learn about light in the darkness and the advantages we enjoy due to the tilt of the earth in our hemisphere.

Midnight Sun

Yes, the midnight sun is here in the northern hemisphere.  Midnight sun is celebrated starting today in Nordkapp, or North Cape, Norway.  This is nearly the most northern spot in Europe, missing it by about a mile.

We do have a lot to thank for the tilt of our earth together with our rotation around the sun, giving us the seasons.  Earth’s tilt, or obliquity, is between 22 and 24.5 degrees varying slowly over a 40,000-year period.  Without that it would be Groundhog Day wherever you are – the same temperature and length of day most of the time.  And one would likely experience a lot more extreme temperatures than what we experience currently.

The Northern Lights can also be seen in this part of Norway.   But it needs to be dark to see those.  The Northern Lights are disturbances in the magnetosphere caused by solar wind, so a quite different phenomena than midnight sun, or total darkness in wintertime.

Here is Blaeu’s magnificent map of Norway from 1659.

Norway – 1659 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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